> I need the machine for work so i didnt take any action, but now there were several times the screen would > not even light up! Thats the backlight, i suppose. I can see a picture if i look to the display from an angle. > This could be solved by closing the lid and opening it several times. In the beginning the stripes also went > away in this process.> My Question: Does Dell replace the Display? Or do they tell me like several others, the backlight is like > batteries dying because of use? Dell HAS TO replace the parts, because it is not reasonable when a screen starts screwing up this way with normal use. How old is your inspiron?
Can you also post another link to your attached screenshot? The link is not working now...
Indeed a popular club here... Some more info ( cause keeping each other informed is the only support thats available... Dell keeps their mouth shut about this one... )
I have a workaround too. Open display properties, go to tab 'settings' (instellingen, in my dutch winxp), click advanced (geavanceerd), go to tab 'problems' (don't know what name it's in english, mine reads 'problemen oplossen', and is has the slider 'hardware acceleration'. Set the slider fully to the left (to disable all hardware acceleration) and also disable the 'combined read/write' checkbox. As long as I DONT CLOSE THE LID the screen stays normal (for > 8 hours now). So I can't use 3d functions, and I can't close the lid to hibernate (don't know if closing the lid, or hibernating causes the distortion to come back).
I will give the "shimmer3000" a try offcourse!
kind regards, Peter
ps: somehow the reported memory for my radeon 7500 has decreased from 64 to 32...
(at least that's what windows reports to me on the display settings, "settings" tab, "advanced button", "adapter" tab.)
Well i have tried lowering the acceleration and cleaning the conection to the screen and both the screen and the external monitor keeps flickering, any ideas?
When I boot up the laptop the video card loads with 64M of RAM, and I have this very same video problem.
If I remove the ATI program using the control pannel, do not re-boot when asked, then uninstall the driver, using display properties, settings, advanced, adapter, properties, driver, unistall and re-boot.
Cancel windows install new hardware wizard and let the computer load the native driver, then re-install the ATI driver the laptop re-boots with 32M of RAM instead of 64M of RAM and works find, no screen problem, until shut off.
I ran the Dell Diagnostic program and it gave me the following error message:
Test ErrorsVESA SVGA Video - Video Memory Test : FailResult Code: 5300-0119Msg: Detected a failure while writing and reading video memory. Video mode:4h (320x200x4). Address B8020h, expected to read 0h, but read 6200420h instead.
The Dell forum has a number of threads discussing this video card problem it seems that a growing number of people are having this same problem!
I paid $2500 for this Inspiron 8100 in February 2002, I had to have the display screen replaced 9 months later because of the “watermark” , now, just one and one half years later, the video card is bad!
I think that Dell should send replacements for these faulty cards! Period!
Message Edited by Summars on 11-05-2003 01:42 AM